Beloved Yankee Hall of Famer and Montclair, N.J. resident Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra died Tuesday night, he was 90-years-old.
Dave Kaplan, Director of the Yogi Berra museum, announced the death of Berra via Twitter. The tweet read: “It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Yogi Berra passed away Tuesday night at the age of 90. #YogiBerra”.
The Yankee reportedly died of natural causes near his hometown of Montclair N.J. where his museum and learning center is located. Berra will be remembered by his baseball legacy as a three time American League Most Valuable Player.
“The Montclair State community is deeply saddened by the loss of our longtime friend, neighbor and supporter Yogi Berra,” said Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole in a university press release.
Students, teachers, and fans, paid their respects to the legend with the flowers they placed on his statue, located in front of the museum on campus.
News vans and reporters were also present on the scene to cover the loss of the American Legend. They interviewed many students and fans, asking them for their favorite “yogisms”. The baseball player was known for phrases like “when you come to a fork in the road…take it” and “it ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”
Long time Yankee fan John Valickas of West Orange, N.J. was at the museum today to pay his respects, he said it is what Berra would have wanted.
“I was emotional when I heard the news this morning, I wanted to think that he was immortal,” Valickas said with a Yankees cap on his head and tears forming in his eyes. “He was the last player of the golden age of baseball, back then people played for the love of the game. He is truly a legend.”
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